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February 2019 ACES E-Alum Report

Award of Merit Winners Announced

Congratuations to our 2019 Award of Merit Winners. 

The 2019 ACES Award of Merit Winners include: 

Carl Burkybile
B.S. ’69 Ag Education, M.S. ’75 Vocational Education of Urbana, IL
Director of Agriculture, Healing Hands International 

Doyle Karr
B.S. 86 Agricultural Communications of Des Moines, IA
Director of Consumer Insights and Social License, Corteva AgriScience

Becky Ropp
B.S. ’95 Agricultural Communications of Normal, IL
Director, Communications Division, Growmark

Rida Shibli
Ph.D. ‘90 Horticulture of Irbid, Jordan
Professor of Plant Biotechnology and Biodiversity, Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Please join us April 8, 2019 to congratulate these outstanding ACES Alumni at the 2019 ACES Award of Merit Luncheon in recognition of outstanding ACES Alumni who have made a significant impact in their careers and their communities at the 2019 ACES Award of Merit Luncheon.

The ACES Award of Merit Luncheon will be held:

Date:  Monday, April 8, 2019 

Location:  I-Hotel & Conference Center, Chancellors Ballroom 

Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $30.00

Charter Members of the Round Barn Society will also be pinned if they have not been recognized yet.

Deadline: March 29, 2019


Save the Date - ACES Family Academies

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 11-12, 2019, on the College of ACES campus!  Alumni may bring youth ages 8-13 years old age with them to this hands on educational event at the University of Illinois.

Participants will enjoy the college experience living in a residence hall, eating in the dining facilities and having a tailgate and participating in educational classes on the College of ACES campus. This program will give you an opportunity to relive and share your college days as well as create new memories with your little Illini.

We hope you will take advantage of this annual opportunity to return to campus with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to share in this experience!

Registration will launch March 15, 2019.  

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Cost:  $195.00 per person


2019 Ag Tech Innovation Summit


AgTech Innovation Summit
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

University of Illinois Research Park
Champaign, Illinois 

Register Today! This event is free, but registration is required. 

Join us to explore how technology solutions are addressing some of the most significant challenges facing agriculture today - and learn about what is on the horizon.

Please join us on Tuesday evening March 5 for a welcome reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign. The summit will be held at the I-Hotel & Conference Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. March 6, 2019. A block of rooms is available at the I-Hotel for out of town guests.  Please use block code AGTECH19 for a $139 room rate when you book your reservation.

One of the premier AgTech hubs in the nation, Champaign-Urbana is uniquely positioned to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and industry for learning, networking and advancing this sector.

If you are interested in sponsoring or speaking at this event, please reach out to Laura at
Please direct any additional inquiries to Stephanie at

This event is co-hosted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois.

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Explore ACES Dates

Imagine your future by attending Explore ACES 2019!  Find out what academic and career opportunities await you at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).  All are welcome on both days of Explore ACES, and the following specialized programming will be available:

Friday, March 8, 2019 will include "Explore ACES Experiences," which are hour-long sessions designed to help prospective students gain a more personalized look at their area(s) of interest.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 will include special programming for students who have been admitted into the College of ACES.

Young Alumni, Family Spirit, Career Achievment Nominations Due

Know an outstanding young alum? Someone who graduated from the College of ACES and excelled in their chosen career? A family who has dedicated time and loyalty to the College of ACES for generations? Now is the chance to recognize them for all their hard work. Nominations are due for these awards by May 15, 2019.  For more information and nomination materials visit here.

ACES Career Achievement Award

The University of Illinois College of ACES Alumni Association Career Achievement Award was created in 2017 by the College of ACES Alumni Association to recognize graduates from the College of ACES who have had exceptional professional achievement and/or made extraordinary humanitarian contributions.  Distinctive from the Award of Merit, which recognizes an individual’s combined body of work, this award recognizes a more focused, exceptional contribution or achievement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Is a graduate of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) or a predecessor college (College of Agriculture or the School of Human Resources and Family Studies/Home Economics) receiving a bachelors, masters and/or doctorate degree(s) AND
  • has contributed significantly to his/her profession, industry, and/or the greater community; OR
  • has a record of outstanding personal and professional accomplishments; OR
  • has made extraordinary contribution via volunteer or humanitarian efforts resulting in meaningful or life-changing impacts for a significant population.
  • Award of Merit recipients are not eligible for this award.

Nomination Procedure 

  • The College of ACES Alumni Awards committee will review all nominations and make selections.
  • Individuals selected for recognition will be contacted by the College of ACES Alumni Association and a date will be determined to recognize the individual.

Nomination Document

  • All nominations should follow the format of the nomination form to insure all relevant information is included.
  • Applications will only be considered for one year.  Applications may be resubmitted for up to three years.  If a nominee is not selected after 3 years, a new application can be submitted after 3 additional years.

ACES Outstanding Young Alumni

Each year the College of ACES Alumni Association honors up to three outstanding graduates of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, or through outstanding leadership or service have significantly enhanced or improved the lives of others.

Guidelines for Nomination

  • Nominees must have received a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of ACES.
  • Nominee must be under the age of 40 on January 1, 2019.
  • Nominee must be able to attend ACES College Connection Weekend activities in the Fall 2019 to accept the award.
  • Submit the completed nomination form. Complete applications should include all relevant information within the nomination form and letters of support should only support the nomination, they are not scored.
  • Provide a biographical sketch (1 page maximum) about the nominee. (included in nomination packet)
  • Nomination information is limited to text box area provided in each area. Do not attach extra pages.

Please attach

  • Attach a minimum of two letters of reference and a maximum of four, in support of this nomination. One letter of reference should be from a University of Illinois faculty or staff member. Names and addresses must be included on reference letters.
  • Attach resume of nominee (no vitas please).
  • All nominations are kept on file for three years to be reviewed for the ACES Young Alumni Award, however nominators are encouraged to update forms if they are re-considered after the initial year of application.
  • All materials received for a single nominee will constitute that person’s nomination. It is the responsibility of the nominator(s) to insure that all materials have been received by the College of ACES Alumni Association office.

Nomination Process/Timeline
A call for nominations will be made in coordination with ACES College Connection fall events.

Selected individuals will be recognized during ACES College Connection if they are able to attend. If the recipient is unavailable to attend, another appropriate time and location for recognition will be determined. The selected individuals will also become Round Barn Society members and will be pinned when receiving their recognition.

Scoring will consist of 85% professional accomplishments and 15% service to community.

ACES Family Spirit Award

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Family Spirit Award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students. Selection will be based on, but not limited to a display of sincere dedication to the College of ACES and significant connections to the College and University. Awardees will be honored during the ACES Alumni Weekend activities in Fall 2019.

Guidelines for Nomination

  • Nominee should be able to attend ACES Alumni Weekend activities during Fall 2019.
  • Complete and submit the nomination form.

Please attach

  • Attach a minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of reference, in support of this nomination. Either the nomination or one letter of reference must be from a University of Illinois faculty or staff member. Name, addresses, and email addresses must be included on reference letters.

All nominations are kept on file for three years to be reviewed for the ACES Family Spirit Alumni Award.

Nomination Submission

All nomination materials must be submitted to:

Tina Veal
Director of Alumni Relations
College of ACES Alumni Association
ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, Suite 115
1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801

Nominations may be submitted by fax to:  217-333-0354

Electronic submissions may be sent to:

Click here to nominate an alum! 

ACES Tassel Turn

It's time to celebrate! We are pleased to invite graduates and their families to a complimentary reception at Memorial Stadium's Colonnades Club. The ACES Alumni Association along with the ACES administrators, faculty and staff will be on hand to congratulate the College of ACES graduates and their families as well as welcome them to the ACES Alumni Association!

Graduates, please wear your cap and gown. Great photo opportunities await you at Memorial Stadium! Premiere access to the columns and field view will be moments you won't want to miss!

When: May 12, 2019 10:30am-12:30pm 

Registration to launch in March 2019.

ACES Commencement Date Set

Join us to celebrate our new alumni! The ACES Commencement Date has been set!

ACES Convocation will be held: 

Sunday, May 12, 2019 

1:30 p.m. State Farm Center 

Learn more:

Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception/ACES Alumni Reception

Join us in Washington DC on March 4, 2019

When: Monday, March 4, 2019 

5-6 p.m. - College of ACES Alumni Pre-Reception with Dean Kim Kidwell, College of ACES Dean
6 - 8 p.m. - Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception 

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20045 
(Metro Center Stop, 13th St. Exit) 

In the spirit of institutional cooperation, the Big Ten schools with agricultural programs are again gathering our alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C. area for a special event at the National Press Club. Now in its ninth year, the reception has been a great success with alumni and friends networking across institutions and enjoying one another’s company. We look forward to seeing everyone again (and some new faces)!

The College of ACES Alumni Association will also host a reception prior to the Big Ten event to meet with Dean Kim Kidwell for a College of ACES update and an opportunity to network.  We hope you will join us to visit with administration from the College of ACES.  

Following the ACES Alumni reception join the Big Ten Ag alumni event to enjoy the fellowship of alumni and friends from the colleges of agricultural sciences and natural resources representing the Big Ten. Reconnect with college deans, administrators, faculty and staff from your alma mater. Learn how our colleges are working cooperatively on behalf of land-grant institutions.

Cost is $25 per person and includes and open bar and a buffet of favorite savories. Register by Monday, February 25. 

Directions, visit

Register Online for Big Ten Ag Alumni Event by February 25, 2019

Register Online for ACES Alumni Pre-Reception by February 25, 2019.

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Vocational Director

We would like to welcome Jennifer Woodyard to the ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Jennifer will serve as the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Vocational Director.  Jennifer is a Watershed Outreach Associate with the University of Illinois Extension delivering educational programming.  She received her Master of Science in Agronomy from Purdue University in 2018, and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Crop and Soil Management, from University of Illinois in 2015. She is also a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) through the American Society of Agronomy. Welcome Jennifer!

Illini Marathon

Join the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 25-27, 2019 in Champaign-Urbana!

Learn more:

Upcoming Events Calendar

  • March 4, 2019 - Big Ten Ag Alumni Event, Washington DC
  • April 8, 2019 – ACES Award of Merit Luncheon
  • April 8, 2019 – FUNK Awards Banquet
  • April 15, 2019– ACES Alumni Board Meeting
  • May 12, 2019 – ACES Tassel Turn 10:30-12:30pm Colonnades Club
  • May 13, 2019 – ACES Alumni Board Meeting
  • May 15, 2019 - Young Alumni, Family Spirit, ACES Career Achievement Award Nominations Due
  • July 11-12, 2019 – ACES Family Academies

**Watch for more ACES in Places events to be announced soon.**

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Join the IL 4-H Alumni Association

Were you a member of 4-H?  The University of Illinois Extension, Illinois 4-H, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation invite you to join the newly formed Illinois 4-H Alumni Association. A free life-time membership is available online @ We hope your 4-H memories bring a smile to your face. We're creating memories daily with today's 4-H members.

Update Your E-mail Address

Do you have an updated email address on file? Do you have an email you prefer to receive correspondence to? Did your email address recently change?

We want to stay connected to you!

All invitations to events and college updates will be sent via email only. Please update your email address to stay connected today!

With the rising cost of postal mail, email communication is a cost effective way for the ACES Alumni Association to stay connected and provide updates, event announcements and invitations to you as our alumni. Please feel free to share your email address with us by sending it to

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Be sure to share any special times in your life with the ACES Alumni Association to keep your fellow alumni updated! Newly married? New job? Promotion? New book? New baby? We hope to hear from you.

Stay Connected on Social Media

Online social networking is a great tool to stay in touch with alumni and friends from the College of ACES! We want to stay connected to you!  We post regular updates about activities, alumni profiles, on campus happenings, etc!  Stay connected with us!

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New Location for ACES Alumni Association

The College of ACES Alumni Association offices have moved to Suite 115 ACES Library!  Stop in and say Hello next time you are on campus!

Contact Information:

1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Suite 115 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone:  217-333-7744
Fax:  217-333-0354